ERIC Number: ED206151
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
P.L. 94-142: A Study of the Implementation and Impact at the State Level. Volume I. Final Report.
Blaschke, Charles L.; And Others
Nine state education agencies (SEAs) were studied in terms of SEA organization and administration in response to P.L. 94-142, The Education for All Handicapped Children Act. Six major issues were examined: strategies used by states to implement P.L. 94-142, major impact of P.L. 94-142 on the SEAs, creation of unintended and/or unforeseen consequences at the SEA level, ways in which SEAs coped with unforeseen consequences, patterns of implementation and impact, and creative coping strategies used by SEAs to implement P.L. 94-142. Among findings were high levels of staff time and effort related to the implementation of the SEA supervisory role which has yet to be fully implemented in any of the states; umbrella-type advocacy organizations influenced the implementation process; withdrawal of services by other state agencies and creation of tensions within the SEA and between the SEA and other agencies were unintended and unforeseen consequences; and in all states, the number of professional staff within special education increased. Eight policy implications, recommendations are presented, including that the SEA supervisory provision should be changed, and that uniform implementation of related services should not be expected. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Turnkey Systems, Inc., Falls Church, VA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act